REVIEW: The Seed & Other Fairy Tales

The Seed & Other Fairy Tales by Joseph Hillenbrand

How do you measure yourself? By family, friends, enemies? By what you fight for? Or what you fight against? Follow the tales of those struggling to find an identity of their own. A little girl with a ghost as a best friend. A woman who hates wishes. A man lost in the secret kingdom of frog people. A girl at war with her god. And a pair of soldiers on a deadly mission of peace. The seeds have been sown. The storm is coming. Who will grow and who will drown?
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The Seed & Other Fairy Tales


My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you are a fan of dark fiction, this is a fun and original collection. Some stories contain strong language, so not recommended for young readers. Overall, these tales were likable... some more so than others.

The Seed: A happy ending that's gross, too? Creepy.
Unwished: Silly and disturbing.
The Girl in the Forest: Tragically romantic.
Two and One: Short and sweet.
Calimire: This one is my favorite!
My All: What? Startling.
Hunger Pangs: A pinch of snark with a dash of clever.
Applebite: Wonderfully weird.
Sand Castles: Soldiers, dragons and ghosts. Oh, my!


I was born, raised and still live in the outskirts of Chicago. Every few years a move a little further west. Slowly inching my way to California. I love the big sky, the vast plains, the harvest moons of the Midwest. I grew up reading comic books and playing G.I. Joe. Watching wrestling and listening to Led Zeppelin. I drew, I wrote, I strummed. I learned Stone Temple Pilots and I read Beckett. I grew and I withered. I have spent the majority of my time in software - from support to development to management. And with my first book out now, I'm trying to get back to my roots: telling stories.